• Dungeon Calamity

  • Divine Dungeon, Book 3
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (10,572 ratings)

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Dungeon Calamity

By: Dakota Krout
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
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The dead walk the land. The dungeon rises. War will move the Heavens and the Earth. 

Powerful necromancers are on the move, and the dungeon has become a battleground. Without his faithful Wisp, Cal's mind slips - he begins creating traps and monsters that go against his already loose morals. 

A direct threat from an unexpected force causes Cal's mind to stabilize, but he doesn't know for how long. Using every resource at his disposal, he works to keep his mind clear while he funds a search for his lost companion. When others fail him again and again, Cal takes matters into his own hands. 

Deadly situations remind Dale that no matter how well he does in his secluded community, he is still considered a weakling in the greater world. Deciding that his physical and mental training are not enough, Dale resolves to gain strength by any means necessary. 

Both are aware that they need to keep moving. If they stop, their choices could kill them.

©2018 Dakota Krout (P)2018 Tantor

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Fantastic

Just a fantastic experience from dungeon born to calamity. I have listened to and read at least 80 fantasy books. None are as memorable and surprising as this series. Astounding work from both writer and narrator.

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Dwarf erections that are just to damn funny.

Loved it. Kept picking it up outside my normal listening windows while driving. Goblin bob is def the best Bob in any universe and the voice work is stunningly fun to listen to. Also... Dwarf boners. Twice. I laughed both times. (if you don't read that and see that I find this book good enough to suggest it on that joke alone then... Read it anyways.)

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Addictive as always.

Once again I was sucked into the story unable to pull away. This is simply a wondrous book.

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Such a good series!

I have had this series for about 2 months now. I've listened to it start to finish 3 times. It is one of my favorite series and I never get tired of it. I am an avid Dungeons and Dragons player/DM and this is right up my alley.

The author did an amazing job and I love all the characters (Hans is my favorite though). I love the puns and the suspense and the growth of the characters. I hope he continues this series and can't wait to listen to more of it.

Vikas Adam has become one of my favorite Narrators as well. His performance with this series is incredible. I enjoy the voices and the emotion he has. Sometimes, it can give you chills.

I'm in love with this series and I don't think I'll ever get tired of listening to it. Thank you Dakota and Vikas for a wonderful story!!

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God help me...I really liked it.

Let me begin by saying I really did like this book series. I didn't for a long while, but I came around.

I never thought I'd write a review of this series because I generally only review things I feel strongly about, and I was seriously wishy washy about these books. I listened to the first book and promptly returned it. I liked the concept a lot, but I'm picky about writing and readers, both of which created some painful problems for me with the Dungeon series. The writing was full of puns, adverbs, anachronisms, and "bad word" replacements that all served to pull me out of that special headspace where good stories are as real as my own memories. The book was constantly reminding me I was listening to a book...and washing dishes, thus failing in an audiobook's primary task.

The reader committed a cardinal sin by actually bellowing for loud characters, while the quiet characters were almost inaudible. Sometimes the two types talked to each other. This is an unpleasant convesation to follow for somebody who lives with tinnitus. I couldn't do it. I had to pass. I listen to my books repeatedly, some of them a dozen times. I never wanted to hear that again.

Then I saw the second book had been released. I felt bad for returning the first book, which had seemed so promising, that I decided to give the author and narrator another chance. I reasoned that they may have improved with experience. I actually liked the story a little better, but it had most of the same problems as the first. It was ocasionally painful to hear, literally, because I wear earbuds and characters (the narrator) kept yelling. Again, I wished I hadn't spent the credit. I felt terrible for doing it, but I returned the second book as well. It was a difficult decision that never sat well with me.

Then, just a few days ago, I noticed the third book was out. I decided not to touch it. I could not, in good conscience, return a third book. The thing is, I had recently been very ill. While ill I had relistened to a several of old favorites from my audible library, caught up on all of my podcasts, watched Cowboy Beebop for the first time, Rewatched a fair bit of Psych, turned to rifftrax and MST3K reruns, and finally watched everything on YouTube (like, all of YouTube), then I felt better.

It was great timing really, because I was fresh out of sedentary entertainment options. Then I relapsed. It was wose than before. I coughed so hard I hardly slept. And the headache was intolerable, especially while coughing. I was getting desperate for something to take my mind off of it, and after weeks of miserable illness I couldn't stand to look at a screen anymore. I needed something to listen to. I needed something new to distract me, so I caught up on my podcasts again, but that took less than a day. Then I remembered Dungeon Calamity...I was weak. Sorry Dakota.

Somehow, despite having all of the same issues (much easier on the adverbs though), plus a few new things that normally turn me off immediatly in Fantasy and Science Fiction, I really enjoyed this book. Maybe it was a "hunger makes the finest sauce" kind of thing, or maybe you need a halucinatory fever to really appreciate the writing, but I didn't care amymore. And, aside from the volume issues, I found myself seeing all the problems wich irritated me previously as endearing.

I realized that throughout the series the author had stuck to his puns, and I can respect that. The story didn't stagnate over three books, which is a feat many more experienced and succesful authors can't seem to manage on a consistent basis. It also didn't veer off course. In fact, it managed to maintain a consistent level of interest. It wasn't ever exactly riveting, but it was almost uniform in entertaininment value (which was fairly high), and once I got over my hangups I realized that's pretty darn cool. Isn't an entertaining story worth a little Pun-ishment? And you have to respect a writer that will go to such incredible lengths just to set up a single pun. Seriously Dakota, mad props.

As for the narrator, I still feel that some of the voices are a little over the top, but over all the enthusiasm is infectious. And, by the third book there really are some subtle variations in tone that let me differentiate between very similar sounding characters with a single word. Again, mad props. At this point I can't imagine anyone else reading it. Plus, once I thought about it a while I decided the volume thing probably should have been noted by some producer or other and nipped in the bud, or balanced in editing. For all I know that is exactly what the narrator was thinking while bellowing into my ear.

Final verdict: I'm keeping this one, and re-purchasing the previous two because I'm sure I'll listen to the series again after hearing the third. Honestly, I'd have bought them all again even if I hated this one because the guilt was getting to me. Fortunatly, I thoroughly enjoyed it so I get a series I'll listen to again, the author gets the money I'm now convinced he deserves, and Dakota does not go home a sour Krout. Seriously, the length some people will go for a bad, bad pun. I've been bad im this review, but I got nothing on Dungeon Calamity.

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I Have Become A Dakota Krout Fan

Not a rinse and repeat series. Each book builds on the story and new plot elements continue to be added. The author has tremendous creativity and has written one of the best series I have heard. Now that the story has ended, I will miss the dungeon with his sarcastic wit and creative evil ways.

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neeeed moore

for the love of books release faster i tell you.
must finish this series noow!

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I hope this story continues forever!

I hope this story continues forever!
Changes the way you think about dungeons forever. Love it

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Good bits mixed with really, really bad bits

Well first off the pacing of the entire book felt off. Its hard to put my finger on it, but best I can say is that all of the climatic events in the book felt underwhelming. No sense of expectation with the build up, things just happened, in a way that was almost dry.

That alone would have dropped it to just 4 stars. What lost it another star was ugh, all the random and unnecessary fan fiction (A term I use to refer to the type of stories favored by fan fiction) quality cameos and the final scenes I felt the ending was super rough.

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Is the journey worth the price?

This story was interesting enough to keep me reading through all three books... BUT, it is obviously written for Young Adults with tedious descriptions of an overly-complicated magic system and the occasionally annoying sophomoric writing aimed squarely at it's demographic, complete with bad puns. The end has an interesting twist, but after realizing the cost of the 3 credits I paid to listen, I prefer to spend my time and money on more adult fare.

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  • George L
  • 05-25-22

CALAMITY! Unbelievably amazing.

Each and every book in this series so far has exceeded my expectations.

Can not express how much I liked it!

Time to join the cult.

Bravo!

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  • MadEnoughNoMore
  • 05-25-19

That last line, oh dear lord the last line!

Very good story (almost called it a book)
I have very much enjoyed the different characters. The ending was guessed slightly ahead of time, but still very pleasing

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 01-26-19

GOOD BOOK

I have over 300 audible titles and I have to say that the narration and performance of this book is one of the best I've heard. It's a compelling universe with a great story and awesome characters

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  • Morris
  • 11-25-18

epic

If you want a great story, loveable characters and a solid plot This series does not disappoint. the narrator also does a great job!

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  • Alex
  • 11-02-18

Love it !)

Found my new favourite author. Loved every book. Can’t wait for more !!! Very funny too )

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  • Maximilian Topp
  • 10-04-18

Brilliant

One of the best and most amusing books I have read recently. Truly worth getting. Actually just do yourself a favour and get all the Krout books.

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  • Aaron
  • 08-08-18

Amazing

Loved this book. Great story and the twist at the end was brilliant. Definitely worth a read.

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  • miss p a clark
  • 05-26-18

Great book!!!!

I loved these books and this book was great my only problem is when the book contradicts itself from the law of the previous books

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  • TommyG
  • 05-19-18

loved it

loved it from start to finish. great narrator and a gripping story hopefully another book in the series will be made

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  • Chris S.
  • 04-26-18

do it!

I often get bored by the third book of series.... No chance here!!! this is great, hope there's another in dev??

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  • Belcher
  • 04-18-18

Brilliant twist that leaves you begging for more.

The divine dungeon series for me was a slow starting epic that has rewarded my perseverance. Dungeon Calamity specifically seems to be the result of what appears to be some damn well thought out planning by Dakota. Building a world that you can lose yourself in. I'm so excited for the story to continue !

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  • jenny strasiotto
  • 08-23-22

great. kept my attention the whole way through

I loved the series . only criticism is the volume goes up and down a lot. iam constantly fiddle ING with volume control..

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  • Mishn Impossible
  • 07-28-21

Oh my god!!!

Sooooo good! highly recommend this book and series to any dungeon lovers! Buying the next book asap!

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  • Ai
  • 06-17-20

Fucn good

Just listen to it, bleh bleh bleh blah blah blah review word requirement bye boo

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  • John
  • 02-17-20

Dungeon Calamity

This book is bloody brilliant a must to listen to and owned. Written by Dakota Krout who did a wonderful job of with this book and series and with the voice acting talents and skills of Vilas Adam who makes the characters and world come alive with the narration of this book 12 /10 stars a must to listen to owned

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  • Ness
  • 05-22-19

Great series!

Nicely done tying back to Cal the Dungeons origin. The authors world setting is a joy to read and is excellently executed by the narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-19

Best series ever!

Cannot overstate just how fantastic this story is. There is always something exciting happening and plenty of jaw dropping moments.

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  • Toran
  • 02-24-19

better and better

the books are getting better and better, so is the voice acting. so all over even better than the last

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  • Mike Borg
  • 10-28-18

Good progress in story, technical issue detracted

Some significant movement in the overall story, but a lot of leveling up progress also described that is interesting but may be unnecessarily detailed. Also, the fact that these leveling up factors are introduced as the characters encounter them make them appear too convenient. More conscious selection of their cultivation paths could have alleviated a bit of this convenient "luck"but I don't think it would help in the minutiae of describing leveling up.

A technical issue existed with the copy I listened to. The audio book was split in two halves and the second half played first, taking me mid-story and making me disinterested for a week of sporadic listening before my interest was regained in the last few hours of the book. Seeing there was still another half to go, I learned it was the first half. After reading that part, it would certainly have given me better engagement in the beginning.

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  • Katie
  • 03-02-18

The best so far

Vikas Adam does an amazing job narrating again. I’m always surprised by how well Dakota Krout tops himself after each book. Filled with a wonderful story and hilarious puns. A must read.